Commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people in ancient Persia (Late 6th century B.C.E.).reading of the Book of Esther – Children dress in costume and play games.

Adults party too and get so shikkur (drunk) they can’t tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai! It is a time for fun and Wackiness!

Also a time for Tikkun Olam!

A new tradition for Purim is to read about the Persian Jews. They have different customs and traditions that are interesting to observe. Try to find a Persian or Middle Eastern Jew in your community and ask them about their customs. An excellent Book to consider: The Flying Camel: And Other Essays by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage by Loolwa Khazzoom.

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